What can we expect from Google Stadia this 2020?

It may not have been the best premiere of the year. Google Stadia came the month of November 2019, making a lot of noise, promising to change the way we were going to enjoy video games and, above all, wanting to revolutionize the market. Although the ideas behind Google Stadia are quite attractive - it is not necessary to buy a console, to be able to play anywhere and the absence of updates and other downloads - its execution has not been the brightest.

What can we expect from Google Stadia this 2020?
What can we expect from Google Stadia this 2020?

It is our summary after being able to try Google Stadia. A little extensive catalog, the obligation to have to pay a pro subscription, and especially the feeling that the platform is still somewhat green if we compare it with the brands already established in the video games market.

However, we are aware that we are facing a young service with ample room for maneuver. That is why 2020 must be the year in which Google "puts the batteries" and demonstrates that its video game platform is an alternative to the big brands in the sector. For this, of course, you will have to work hard and improve some aspects, will you?

Google Stadia allows us to play on a television with a Chromecast Ultra, a computer using the Google Chrome browser, or a Pixel phone. That is nothing from Smart TV or Android TV, any other Android phone or iOS, not even tablets.

While most of the time, we will be using Stadia on our living room television or our computer, what if I want to play it on my iPad? Or why can't I enjoy Stadia while traveling on a train, thanks to a data connection? 

Google is selling us a service under the motto of "play wherever and whenever you want," but the reality is that I can't enjoy it on my Android tablet or iPad. Google points: we want more devices to play Stadia.

Wi-Fi control? Where is the Bluetooth?

Understandably, Google wants us to play Stadia with its official command instead of devices like the Dual Shock 4 or the Xbox controller. What has no logic is that the official remote can only be connected via Wi-Fi or USB cable. Hello Google, we are already in 2020, and for years there is a technology called Bluetooth.

To put you in the matter. The Stadia remote allows us to play on TV with Chromecast thanks to Wi-Fi connectivity. In case of using the computer or Pixel phone, we must connect it with a USB cable. On the other hand, although we cannot play with a PlayStation 4 controller on television (because it cannot be paired with Chromecast Ultra), we can play via Bluetooth on the computer. Where is the meaning?

That is, if I want to play Tomb Raider in Stadia on my computer with the precise command, I must use a cable because there is no Bluetooth function enabled. Of course, forget about using the Stadia remote to play on Steam or any other game outside of Stadia. Google is already going two things to improve.

Today, in addition to buying the Premiere Edition for 129 euros, it is mandatory to pay 10 euros per month to use the platform. While it is true that they "give away" two games a month and make discounts, many users are not willing to pay every month for this service. That is why Stadia Base will come out sometime this year, and unlike the Pro version, no games will be given or allowed to play at a resolution higher than 1080, while the payout theoretically reaches 4K.

But the truth is that Stadia Pro needs to improve a lot. The 4K shine by its absence, the "free" games should be more attractive and, of course, should have many more incentives than the future base version. More aggressive discounts, the possibility of enjoying titles before the rest, exclusive gifts.

And we can not forget the Stadia application. Improvement is imperative, and many more contents are added. The unlocking of the achievements was the last to arrive, but if Google wants your service, compete with that of PlayStation 4 or Xbox, you must polish many details.

Luckily 2020 has just begun, and there is a lot of room for improvement for Stadia. Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have their homework done. That is why if Google wants to sit at the same table that the big ones can not waste time.


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